Entropy is a bit of a monster of an album. Featuring 72 minutes of atmospheric Post-Black Metal that seems to take the listener on a journey, it’s a release that keeps getting better the more time you spend with it. I got in touch with the brains behind the music to get a bit of background information; music like this should not be overlooked, so if you’ve chanced upon this article at all, make sure you check out the album.
For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself!
My name is Brock. I do all of the writing, recording, and producing for Echoes of the Moon. I am currently 21 and living in a small town in Indiana.
How did you go about starting up Echoes of the Moon?
I started recording music when I was about 15 years old. I took some classes in high school about music production and I had been playing guitar for some time. Early on, I created hundreds of songs of different genres and after a few years of creating average songs with mediocre production I started favouring a darker sound that focused on evolution of musical themes and intensity with varying dynamics. It wasn’t until 2015 that I recorded under the name Echoes of the Moon. I already had an album out called “Esoteric” under a different name but I adopted it into Echoes of the Moon’s discography since the themes were very similar to the ones I use on the newest record “Entropy.”
What are your influences?
My musical influences range from black metal, doom metal, and death metal for the majority of my sound but I am equally influenced by 70’s progressive rock, psychedelic music, art rock, jazz, post rock, ambient music, and avant-garde music.
What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?
I’ve been listening to the new album by a band called Zhrine. They have an interesting blend of styles that sound like a marriage between Gorguts and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. I’ve also been enjoying some Massive Attack and Talk Talk.
How do you feel that you fit into the wider Black Metal scene?
I’m not sure if I really fit in at all honestly. I use a lot of similar techniques that many of the well known bands in the genre use but thematically, there is a much different spirit to my music that probably doesn’t resonate with what one would expect from a black metal band.
Give us a bit of background to Entropy – any particular concepts or ideas you want to discuss?
I began the writing and recording of Entropy in late 2014 and finished it in the summer of 2015. There was no real plan for it at all and it took on different forms over time. The only song that really remained from the initial recordings was “The Tower of Babel” and it always began around the 19 minute mark of the album. The songs before it and after changed so you could say that the entire thing was built around a song that basically starts right in the middle. I knew I wanted the entire album to flow together and I wanted it to have slow shifts in dynamics with no real jumps or thrills. Just consistent builds and drops.
Did you consider producing one 72 minute long track instead of breaking the music up into song-sized chunks?
Yes, I have always enjoyed albums that flowed together because I knew the artist paid particular attention to how the songs fit together and how the album played as a whole over just individual songs. I like albums that have a consistent concept that one can put on front-to-back and take it all in so I wanted to do exactly that.
How are your songs written?
I have a lot of riff ideas in my head but I usually dislike starting out with the main riff so I spend time on writing a thoughtful beginning. In the context of Entropy, if a song ended soft I would begin the next one soft, same with a song ending loud.
How did the recording process go?
The recording took a while. I wanted to be 100% satisfied with what I was creating so there was a lot of time spent on redoing sections and rewriting entire songs. Also, when you have a 72 minute song on one file, rendering it to an MP3 takes quite a while.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
I cannot decide between Adaptation and The Tower of Babel. They are two very different songs but they both have their builds and pay offs. I like Adaptation because of its soft moments and its utilization of clean guitar work. I like The Tower of Babel because once it begins, I am always drawn in for its long journey that never lets up until the end.
Tell us about the album cover
The album cover was a picture I took driving down a country road after it had rained for a day or so. I said “Wow that is a cool looking puddle” and I just happened to capture the beautiful scenery. I did some editing and I knew that it would make a very intriguing album cover.
What does the future hold for Echoes of the Moon?
I am currently writing and recording a new album that I would like to have done before the end of this year. It is very close but I am in the fine tuning stage so it could still be a while but I’ve got 6 or 7 complete songs that are almost ready to go. I will continue working with Avantgarde Music as well.